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Sarah is a working mother, appreciative wife, and fierce advocate for her six-year-old daughter, Hadley, who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. She admits that some days are harder than others, but the successes make it all worthwhile.

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Archives: February 2012

posted: Tuesday February 28th - 9:22am

It's Not an Excuse. It's ADHD.

"Maybe I should cut off Hadley from dance, Girl Scouts, and playdates. That will limit the number of people who can become mad or frustrated with her. But what of those who might bring out the best in her?"

Last week, we took one step forward. Then ten steps back. Followed by a shuffle in the right direction. I hope. Just as Hadley's updated sticker chart began gaining traction, and she was earning 50 - 75% of her daily sticker, Wham-o! I'm blindsided by Hadley's suspension from daycare. A kindergartener suspended? It turns out she was upset and inconsolable to the point of turning aggressive...
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posted: Wednesday February 15th - 6:32am

Sticker Shock: When Behavior Therapy Comes Unstuck

My daughter's sticker chart was designed to motivate and reward good behavior throughout the school day. Instead, it's become a complicated, inconsistent lesson for teachers and parents alike.

Though too often packed with errands and cleaning, weekends are the light at the end of the tunnel when I get to see my family and not think about work (as much anyways). This past weekend, the snow was a blessing in disguise. I don’t like snow. I grew up with it, and we've finally reached a mutual understanding: I won't shovel it (unless under duress) if...
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